For years I have studied (and practiced!) the tradition of walking and writing, tracing its origins in poetry back to the medieval French poetic form, the chanson d'aventure, where poets walked into new environs for inspiration and sometimes enlightenment. Starting this blog is a bit of a chanson d'aventure. I hope to walk--and sometimes sail, ride, fly, and drive--into new territory, sharing my adventures in images and words along the way. This photo from a recent ferry sailing between Anacortes and Orcas Island, WA seems an apt beginning. The view looks west across the Salish Sea into the sunset from the Washington State Ferry system's newest vessel, the M/V Samish. Often the best part of an adventure is the return home, so I begin there, as a reminder to myself of my chosen home and the home I always carry with me. May your adventures be ever full of inspiration, enlightenment, and the best parts of home.
Jill McCabe Johnson's research and writing practice follow the tradition of the French Medieval poetic form, the "chanson d'aventure" or song of adventure, where a writer walks into a new environment for enlightenment and inspiration.